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Music - Scottish Fiddle - Post Beginner level - ONL50952

Important information

Before enrolling on this course students must ensure they 

  • have a working instrument and bow required - must have 4 strings
  • are able to tune their instrument themselves - the tutor has a video to help with this and will share on week 1
  • know this is not a beginner level course
  • have approximately 2 years of experience in playing fiddle or violin.

Day and time

Tuesdays - 7.00pm - 8.00pm starting 27th October 2020.

Number of weeks / hours

1 hour a week for 8 weeks, plus support videos for home practice.

Course level and entry requirements

Students must be available to participate in every session of this course.

Post Beginner level. Adult improvers with a minimum of 2 years playing experience - classical or traditional. Also suitable for returners after a long break. Ability to read music is not essential.  

Overview / introduction to the course

My course is an opportunity to explore Scottish Traditional fiddling in the comfort of your own home. We will look at the different stylistic elements with the tunes - reels, strathspeys, jigs etc. My teaching method is detailed but also relaxed and fun. If you have played the violin or fiddle for 2 years or more, or perhaps are considering returning to playing after a long break then this class is perfect for you. Come and join us! 

How the course will be taught

The course will be a combination of call and response playing, playing along with me and discussion. This will vary depending on whether we are learning by ear or using sheet music. All sheet music will be provided prior to class. Videos for tune and technique will be provided after each class. 

What students can expect to learn

  • A wide variety of Scottish tunes; March, Strathspey, Reel, Jigs, Slow Air and Waltz. 
  • Regional traditional Scottish technique 
  • Scottish ornamentation and embellishments
  • Theory related to the tunes taught
  • Improvement in intonation and tone
  • Developing bowing technique
  • Grouping tunes in sets
  • Improved competency in sheet music reading
  • Improved competency in learning by ear
  • Tension free playing.

Resources required by students and additional costs

Fiddle and bow. A printer would be useful to print sheet music prior to class, although this is not essential due to screen share option. 

Students must have their own instrument. If they would like to participate without purchasing a violin I can recommend an affordable rental option. 

What students could do next

The traditional musical community in Edinburgh is vibrant and plentiful. Socially it is a brilliant instrument to play as there are opportunities to play most nights of the week. Lockdown sessions are happening! Alongside music sessions there are also many fiddle workshops and festivals that (usually) happen throughout the year. We are a friendly and welcoming bunch of folks.  

If you were looking for a more structured route for learning, another option could be to study Graded exams, 1 - 5. These are similar to classical exams in terms of theory and practical requirements.

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